A streaming FOLK FESTIVAL is the latest LATE ADDITION...
Lots added, up-top, since 2021 arrived! More live streaming concerts this weekend — plus a workshop and the events happening throughout January, already in this edition!
(Quick note — with the publishing tools we always had before now unavailable or simply always broken since Google the Conqueror took over this platform, we cannot repair anything once it is published. Nor can we see in advance whether some imported text will appear in some color that is too light to read. You can highlight that text, like you would to copy it, and read it that way. This is far more frustrating for us as longtime content publishers. Especially since Google refuses to restore what they destroyed. Happy New Year. Please remember that we DO continue to bring you content you won’t find in any other source.)
Saturday session and free download from VOCO leader MOIRA SMILEY
Moira’s Saturday session... she asks
Catch acoustic string wizard RICK SHEA live Saturday
Rick tells us:
Tune-in Friday, Jan 1st, 4:30 pm Pacific for “JAMIE LAVAL’S CELTIC CHRISTMAS”
(And a correction we can’t go back to fix in the text: her online live concert is SATURDAY, not Sunday.)
More, and tix for her Sunday, Jan 3 concert, at: www.lissafiddle.com
Late addition: NYE “Best Medicine” show by ukulele maven Victoria Vox in her duo, JACK & THE VOX (bottom link); their new music vid is: https://youtu.be/VNG2WctksTY
Here’s the word on music from the streamosphere on New Year’s Eve, over the weekend, and way into January. Plus the news. It’s in no particular sequence, since the ineptitude of Google the Conqueror has crashed the platform’s publishing tools (again). But it IS all here for you!
ALASDAIR FRASER and NATALIE HAAS
So many of our readers miss live performances of this music. So we decided it’s okay off this feature looks like a commercial.
BONDO WYLSPOLSKI did a Dec 31 piece for Easy Reader News (www.easyreadernews.com) the Los Angeles’ South Bay newspaper where he works. Since it includes the “what happened to” stories of Andy & Renee and their 2020 “Dylanfest,” and of musician/bandleader Jessica Fichot — and news of them and their music appears regularly in The Guide — this would be a must-run, even without the totality of its rich content.
Less than Zorro: The river ran dry for the arts in 2020
The Great Intermission
Postponed, delayed, cancelled… but the show will go on
by Bondo Wyszpolski
This wasn’t at all what we expected a year ago, but life deals the cards and we play the hand we’re given. Many individual artists were able to adapt, whereas galleries, theaters, and other venues struggled to find ways to deliver the goods. It was a big year for Zoom, although for most people Mr. Computer Screen was a poor substitute. I’ve tried to give a snapshot in the images that follow of what tried, succeeded, or failed to materialize in 2020. Despite the paucity of events, I’ve had to be randomly selective. It could have been an even worse year, right?
LEE CAMP of “Redacted Tonight” and “Moment of Clarity” will be on-air tonight for NYE, and meantime he has a scathing review that is much funnier and all-around more entertaining and meaningful than what he is reviewing.
[i.e., a wallow in justification of the military-industrial complex and corporate America in general as the “leaders” of social change that would make our society more fair and equitable. If you have not encountered the word “neo-liberal,” do not confuse it with the New Deal or modern Progressivism. - Ed.]
Every charity, museum, and nonprofit has faced unprecedented and existential challenges as a result of the pandemic. From key staff, leadership, and members of vital volunteer cadres, to the inability to host events and welcome admission-paying visitors, all have had it bad.
We are taking a moment to look ar just one of them: Ocean Institute, in Southern California. On top of everything else, their iconic “tall ship,” the square-rugged, wooden-hulled oceangoing sailing ship “Pilgrim” sank at her dock. The new came the heartbreaking news that she could not be raised and refloated. Still, the resilience of the folks there continues as an example of the hopeful, forward-looking celebration of the human spirit that we can find on display worldwide.
This comes from
Wendy Marshall, their
President & CEO
This is a year that will be etched into our memories and the history books… We have endured, adjusted, and accepted more than we could have expected at the start of a year with such an auspicious ring to it: 2020.
Ocean Institute was challenged beyond what we could have ever imagined, but we learned about ourselves and more importantly, we learned about our community.
We learned we were resilient, creative, and relentless in finding ways to continue to deliver on our mission. We turned our attention to what we could do – knowing that this work is too important to let the pandemic slow us down.
We had heartbreaking moments, including the loss of the Pilgrim, and heart-warming moments when we were able to see children’s faces light up as they participated in virtual animal feedings and field trips.
We lost sleep – but we never, ever lost hope. We didn’t have a chance…. Each step of the way, the community lifted us. Donations, participation, feedback, and encouragement kept us doggedly focused and committed to returning the gift with the very best programs that conditions would allow.
Virtual learning, virtual field trips, small scale camps, tidepool hikes, kayak tours, and more continued… and most importantly, thanks to the support of the community, EVERY school or group that wanted to access our programs were able to- regardless of their ability to pay.
From Children’s Hospital Orange County to Thomas House Shelter for homeless families, underserved schools to child care programs that supported the children of essential workers- we delivered… and YOU enabled that.
We couldn’t have imagined the support we would receive. It has been a reminder to us of what we are here to do. We promise you, we will continue to do it with full fervor and excellence for many years to come.
Thank you – and please know we are celebrating every one of you today. You have made 2020 the year that we will define as more than we expected in the most positive and beautiful way.
Enjoy our 2020 story and celebrate with us:
With profound gratitude,
President & CEO
Stay healthy, stay safe.
Honor the health care people who are, in the words of one COVID unit ER doctor, "Not the front line first responders, but the last line of defense, if it comes to keeping you alive."
How to honor them?
Don't be a maskhole who joins the Branch Covidians.
This will all be over and we can brag about how well we came through -- if we don't get reckless in these final days of great risk.
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